There is really no difference between taking good care of your natural teeth and caring for your dental implant. Your gums might be sore during the first week after the implant procedure, and therefore, you should stick with liquids and soft foods until the inflammation is gone. Sometimes cold (not frozen) foods can help to soothe sore gums. Your dental implant specialist can recommend or prescribe pain medication to relieve any discomfort you have.
How to Care for Your Dental Implants:
- Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft bristle toothbrush
- Floss after brushing (at least once each day)
- Use an alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash daily
- Schedule regular dental checkups
Just like natural teeth, implants can crack or chip, so it’s important to be aware that chewing on ice, hard candy, certain nuts, pens or pencils, and opening packages with your teeth could damage your implants. With proper oral hygiene, and a bit of care, dental implants can last for decades.
What are Signs that There is a Problem with my Dental Implant?
As with any other minimally invasive surgical procedure, dental implant surgery carries the risk of infection. While less than one percent of implant patients experience any problems, make sure to visit your maxillofacial surgeon if you notice unusual bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing and rinsing, loosening of the crown, or inflammation that lasts for weeks after the procedure.
Will I Ever Need to Replace my Dental Implant in Winnetka?
There is a good chance that your dental implants could last you a lifetime, as long as you practice good oral hygiene, get regular check-ups, and avoid biting down on very hard items. You will also need to go for professional cleanings, because, just like natural teeth, your implants can become stained and discolored. For more information on dental implants in Winnetka or other dental procedures, we invite you to give us a call today!